Nine state attorneys general concerned that tech giants like Facebook, Twitter and Google are censoring conservatives are working with President Trump to discuss remedies to level the playing field.
“In recent years, a small group of powerful technology platforms have tightened their grip over commerce and communications in America,” Trump said at the White House after the meeting Tuesday. “They’ve used this power to engage in unscrupulous business practices while simultaneously waging war on free enterprise and free expression. At the urging of the radical left, these platforms have become intolerant of diverse political views and abusive toward their own users. And I think we could say as abusive as you could possibly be, in some cases.”
The state attorneys general joined U.S. Attorney General William Barr alongside U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) to discuss possible changes to Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. That provision provides broad civil immunity to online platforms, both for hosting and for removing third-party content. In May, President Trump signed Executive Order 13925 — the first-ever EO specifically directed at combatting what it said was online platforms censoring lawful speech on the basis of political viewpoint.